etsy frustrations

April 24, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Posted in selling | 9 Comments
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I am feeling pretty sad right now.  As you probably know, I’ve been a big fan of etsy for a while.  I’ve had a love affair with shopping there, and I was super proud to have a shop of my own.  Well, the love affair is over.  If you haven’t heard about it, a few days ago etsy decided to promote a shop whose items that obviously weren’t handmade.  The featured shop was in clear violation of etsy’s own written terms of use for etsy sellers. In response to public outcry, instead of apologizing, etsy has been deleting comments and closing discussion threads.  Their only public statements on the matter have been frustrating non-apologies.  So, after some unhappy thinking, I’ve decided to close my etsy shop.  I’ll be moving my stuff gradually over to  I’m also having a 25% off closing sale in my etsy shop.  If you’d like to take advantage of the sale, the coupon code is BBALI, which will be good in my etsy shop as long as I keep it open.

If you haven’t heard about this etsy scandal, here are some links.  Coverage started with regretsy, and has snowballed from there:,,,,

I feel heartsick to be leaving etsy, because there are many many good people there and tons of wonderful and truly handmade creations.  But I just can’t continue to support the hypocrisy.  It’s time for my online time to be spent somewhere with a little more integrity.  I think I will keep my etsy account open as a buyer so I can occasionally purchase from shops that I know are true to the standards of handmade, but I’m pulling away.  I feel that it is time for me to move on.





October 12, 2011 at 7:21 am | Posted in other people's awesome crafts, selling | Leave a comment

Sorry I haven’t posted in a while! I have recently started working the night shift at work, and it is taking a good bit of adjusting to get used to the new sleep schedule and whatnot.  Luckily, it does allow me a lot of knitting time at work, because I’m not constantly on the phone like I would be during the day shift.  Here’s a project that I just finished that I’ve been working on during some of my night shifts: shawl of many colors.

And here’s some exciting news!  I am featured in a fun collection of shops on 10Xnine, and you can enter to win $90 in gift certificates just by leaving a comment.  Check it out, it’s a pretty nifty website, and there’s a new collection every week.

A favorite book from childhood and the handmade yarn inspired by it

June 9, 2010 at 9:58 pm | Posted in projects, selling | Leave a comment
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I liked the whole enchanted forest series, but I read this one first and it was definitely my favorite.

And here is my enchanted forest yarn!

I thought it would never stop shedding excess dye–I had to rinse it about a thousand times–but it’s finally dry and in a skein and for sale on etsy!


the story of a hat

December 13, 2009 at 12:41 pm | Posted in projects, selling | Leave a comment
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Yesterday I finished another UFO that had been sitting around, a knit hat.  There are still lots and lots of them lingering in drawers and crammed into bags and boxes, but I am slowly making progress.  I remember the exact moment when I started knitting this hat.  It was when we were living in Rutland, two years ago!  I was sitting in S’s office, either working on homework or having just finished another project.  She had a little reading nook in there with blankets and floor cushions.  I didn’t want to get up, so I just grabbed some yarn and needles that happened to be sitting next to me and started knitting.  I think I finished about half of it right then, but inspiration didn’t stick with me, obviously.  And then two years went by!

Well, here it is, finally finished.  It’s up on etsy becasue it’s too small for my big ol’ head.  Click picture for listing.


December 11, 2009 at 11:42 pm | Posted in projects, selling | Leave a comment
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This is Maurice.  He gets to go to his new home tomorrow, and he’s very excited about it.

Another UFO completed

November 16, 2009 at 10:46 pm | Posted in projects, selling | Leave a comment
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All this soft little scarf that S made needed was to have its ends tucked in and a button sewn on, but it was sitting in a drawer for a long time waiting for that finishing touch.  It took me about 5 minutes to finish it off.  Maybe even less than that.  The longest part was choosing the right button.  And now it’s done, and up for sale on etsy!  It’s S’s third item up there, out of 60.  The rest I made.  Cuz I’m sort of always making things, addictively…


I have to take a break from the UFOs for a little while now, though, because I have some custom orders to turn my attention to.  S’s sister wants a goat for one of her friends’ babies, and the person who bought Mim the Magical Space Ermine wants a mate for her.  Isn’t that exciting?  I feel really flattered and warm-fuzzy-ized.

putting my head to work

November 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm | Posted in craft tools, selling | Leave a comment
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I still haven’t got around to decorating my styrofoam head, but I went ahead and used it to display a hat for picture-taking the other day.  It worked great!


Also, Sallie and I went to a thrift store yesterday and I noticed that they had quite a few styrofoam heads with hats on them.  And someone had drawn faces in marker on a few of them.  Which looked kinda silly, but also cute.  I’m half tempted to do that with mine, but I think paper mache will probably look a lot better.  Although… well, the head was only a couple of dollars.  And the store had a whole mountain of them.  I could buy another one…

inspiring supplies on etsy

October 19, 2009 at 11:13 am | Posted in craft tools, other people's awesome crafts, selling | Leave a comment
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Imagine what you could make with these!  You can bet I am imagining all over the place.  🙂

click pictures to visit etsy listings

getting a head

October 13, 2009 at 11:35 am | Posted in projects, selling | Leave a comment
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Please excuse the pun.  I couldn’t help it.

I really did buy a head last night.  A styrofoam head.  I am going to paper mache it, and then use it to display hats on when I take pictures of them for etsy.  I am looking forward to the paper mache project, because I don’t think I’ve done that since elementary school!  I hope we have some white glue.

Anyway, here’s a hat that I made this weekend with some yarn that my dear friend L gave me.  It was lovely to see her!  I hope that we do get to visit NY city in November.  I made this hat all in one day, and I’m really happy with how it turned out.   I decided to donate it to a bakesale/raffle thingy that my mom is doing as a fundraiser for the food shelf in my hometown.  I hope someone will love it and take it home!  It makes me happy to think of things I make going to someone who will love them.  🙂

red and purple hat


October 5, 2009 at 9:34 pm | Posted in other people's awesome crafts, selling | Leave a comment
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Gee, I hope none of my etsy items ever end up here:  I’ve added this to my “distractions” category of bookmarks, so I can learn what not to try to sell and keep myself entertained all at the same time!  🙂

Here are some beautiful etsy items for contrast.  Click on pictures for listings.

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